One of the greatest collections of Renaissance Art
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence or the Galleria degli Uffizi as it is also known, is one of the world's most famous museums. Housing rich masterpieces and unique art, the gallery is a haven for works undertaken during the Renaissance period.
Artwork by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and Michelangelo are all here. Most of the collections date back to the periods between the 12th and 17th centuries, the gallery is a must visit for anyone coming to Florence.
Pick your interest, the gallery is huge
The artwork is distributed over 45 halls and spread between the first and second floors of the historical palace. If your time is limited, Hall 10-14 houses The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Hall 15 is dedicated to early works of Leonardo da Vinci; and if you wish to view the works of Michelangelo and the Florentines head to Hall 35.
Take the Audio Guide
The audio guided tour is very good and even though it is expensive, it is worth it considering that it does give you a lot of information.
To make the most of your visit, take a Guided Tour
The group guided tours are very informative and the guides are knowledgeable. You need to pay extra (double the 16 euro entrance) but the nuances that you will get from interactions of the guide with the group, will add a new level of understanding including the side stories around the famous works. You will also avoid long waits with a guided tour.
The (very long) Vasari Corridor
The Vasari Corridor connects the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace. Built by Vasari in 1565 on the occasion of a wedding of a Medici heir, the corridor is a kilometre long, and houses a small museum separate from the Uffizi Gallery itself. Make sure to book in advance, it is only available to visit as a guided tour.
When is the best time to visit the Uffizi?
Surprisingly, it is the late afternoon slot that will work best, if you have the choice. The large tour groups crowd out the mornings, unless you go very early.
Taking a break
You must visit the nicely landscaped terrace cafe for the views of the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio, if not for the refreshments.
Key HighlightsThe Uffizi Gallery is high on the list of attractions in Florence. Its stunning collection of Renaissance art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Vinci and others is as beautiful as it is intriguing, with all the sub plots that were involved in creation of the masterpieces.
It is connected by the Vasari corridor museum to the Pitti Palace, another must-see attraction. Decide how much time you want to spend and on which parts of the gallery so that you maximize your visit.
View the details to know if you should do a guided tour, whether you should go to the Vasari corridor or just stay in Uffizi, or when is the best time to visit.